Textron Reports First Quarter 2002 Earnings Per Share of $0.47 Before Special Charges and Costs Related to Restructuring

April 18, 2002

Providence, Rhode Island - April 18, 2002 - Textron Inc. today reported first quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.47 and net income of $66 million before special charges and costs related to restructuring, compared to last year"s diluted earnings per share of $1.00 and net income of $143 million before special charges and costs related to restructuring.

Results before non-recurring items are useful in analyzing operating performance, but should be used only in conjunction with results reported in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. Reported earnings for the first quarter of 2002 were $57 million or $0.40 per share. This reflects a deduction of $14 million in pretax special charges and costs related to restructuring.

First quarter revenues were $2.4 billion, down from $3.0 billion in 2001, primarily due to the divestitures of Automotive Trim and a number of other businesses and soft sales across most of Textron's segments, partially offset by higher sales in the Aircraft segment. For the quarter, Textron recorded a use of free cash flow before restructuring of $207 million compared to a use of $377 million in 2001. The company continued to make excellent progress on its restructuring program, with year-over-year savings of about $42 million.

Textron Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Lewis B. Campbell said, Excellent cash management and delivering earnings in line with our plan were noteworthy accomplishments despite the continuing challenges of a weak economy. We were able to substantially improve our cash results during the quarter even on lower revenues due to our enterprise-wide emphasis on supply chain management, our progress with restructuring and our management's focus on improving return on invested capital. We are making excellent progress in strengthening Textron for a healthier future.

Outlook

Textron said that it expects earnings per share of approximately $0.77 in the second quarter and continues to expect earnings per share of approximately $3.00 for the full year, both before special charges and costs related to restructuring. The company also continues to expect free cash flow before restructuring for the year will be approximately $325 million.

First Quarter Segment Analysis

Due to the company"s adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 142 (see Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets section below), this year"s net income excludes goodwill amortization. The company no longer includes amortization of goodwill in its internal evaluation of segment performance. Therefore, the company has recast its prior year segment results for comparability by reclassifying goodwill amortization and treating this expense as a below segment profit item. Segment profits and margins discussed below for both periods also reflect amounts before deducting special charges and costs related to restructuring.

Aircraft

Aircraft segment revenues increased $25 million, while profit decreased $28 million.

Cessna revenues increased $56 million primarily due to higher pricing on Citation business jets, higher used aircraft sales and increased spare parts and service sales. This was partially offset by lower sales of single engine piston aircraft, which have been adversely affected by the weak economy. Profit increased as a result of higher prices for business jets, partially offset by a write-down of used aircraft inventory to reflect lower prices in the current weak used aircraft market.

Lycoming revenues decreased $10 million due to lower OEM volumes, while profit decreased as a result of the lower volumes and a higher warranty reserve.

Bell Helicopter revenues decreased $21 million primarily due to lower foreign military sales, lower commercial aircraft volumes and lower sales of kits used to modernize older model Huey helicopters. These decreases were partially offset by higher revenue on the V-22 program and higher spares and service revenue. Bell's profit decreased primarily due to the following factors: lower volumes and an unfavorable mix of commercial sales, lower margins on the V-22 program, increased reserves for international receivables, and lower income from our joint venture partner related to the BA 609 commercial tiltrotor program. These decreases were partially offset by lower product development expenses associated with the BA 609 program and higher spares and service revenue.

Fastening Systems

Fastening Systems revenues decreased $70 million and profit decreased $32 million.

The revenue decrease was primarily due to lower volume and customer price reductions, as well as the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange. Profit decreased primarily due to lower sales, manufacturing inefficiencies associated with smaller production lots and customer price reductions, partially offset by the benefit of restructuring and other cost reduction activities.

Industrial Products

Industrial Products revenues decreased $81 million and profit decreased $31 million.

Revenues decreased in most of the segment"s businesses due to depressed markets and the divestiture of non-core product lines during 2001, partially offset by higher revenues in our aerospace and defense businesses. Profit decreased primarily due to lower volumes and an increase in reserves for receivables, partially offset by the benefit of restructuring activities.

Industrial Components

Industrial Components revenues decreased $470 million and profit decreased $57 million.

The divestitures of Automotive Trim and Turbine Engine Components Textron, as well as several small product lines in 2001 contributed $439 million and $38 million to the decreases in revenues and profit, respectively. Excluding the divestitures, revenues decreased $31 million and profit decreased $19 million. Revenues decreased primarily due to depressed market demand, the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange and lower pricing. Profit decreased primarily due to the decline in volume and lower pricing, partially offset by the benefit of restructuring activities.

Finance

Finance segment revenues decreased $26 million and profit decreased $27 million.

Revenues decreased due to a lower average yield reflecting the lower interest rate environment, partially offset by higher pricing. Profit decreased primarily due to a higher provision for loan losses and higher operating expenses primarily related to growth in managed receivables and higher expenses in service-related operations, partially offset by higher interest margin.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

On December 30, 2001, Textron adopted SFAS No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, which requires companies to stop amortizing goodwill and certain intangible assets with indefinite useful lives, and requires an annual review for impairment. Upon adoption, Textron discontinued the amortization of goodwill. The elimination of goodwill amortization will contribute about $0.62 earnings per share to 2002 results compared to 2001.

Management is currently assessing the impact the new standard will have on its goodwill in accordance with the transition provision of the standard. Preliminary review indicates that application of the standard, which tests for impairment based on current market values, may result in impairment of goodwill related to the company"s telecommunications and certain other industrial businesses. Total goodwill related to these particular businesses is approximately $400 million and $250 million, respectively. The exact goodwill adjustment will depend on the extent of the impairment and the tax-deductibility of the impaired amounts. Any goodwill impairment will be recorded as a cumulative effect of a change in accounting principle.

Conference Call Information

Textron will host a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time today to discuss results and the company's outlook. This conference call will be accessible via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (800) 230-1085 in the U.S. or (612) 288-0329 outside of the U.S. (request the Textron Earnings Conference). The call will be available for playback beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 18th by dialing (320) 365-3844 - Access Code 614532.

Textron Inc. is a $12 billion multi-industry company with more than 51,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services in industries such as aircraft, fastening systems, industrial products, industrial components, and finance. We are known around the world for our powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information: Certain statements in this release and other oral and written statements made by Textron from time to time, are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters; or project revenues, income, returns or other financial measures. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements, including the following: (a) the extent to which Textron is able to achieve savings from its restructuring plans, (b) changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact interest and foreign exchange rates, © the occurrence of work stoppages and strikes at key facilities of Textron or Textron's customers or suppliers, (d) government funding and program approvals affecting products being developed or sold under government programs, (e) cost and delivery performance under various program and development contracts, (f) successful implementation of supply chain and other cost-reduction programs, (g) the timing of certifications of new aircraft products, (h) the occurrence of further downturns in customer markets to which Textron products are sold or supplied, (i) Textron"s ability to offset, through cost reductions, raw material price increases and pricing pressure brought by OEM customers and (j) Textron Financial"s ability to maintain credit quality and control costs.

                                                           (Unaudited)
                             TEXTRON INC.
                REVENUES AND INCOME BY BUSINESS SEGMENT
                             FIRST QUARTER
                (In millions except per share amounts)
                              March 30, 2002        March 31, 2001
                              As         As         As         As
                           Reported  Adjusted(a) Reported  Adjusted(a)
REVENUES
MANUFACTURING: (b)
  Aircraft             $     1,047 $     1,047 $     1,022 $    1,022
  Fastening Systems            396         396         466        466
  Industrial Products          468         468         549        549
  Industrial Components        362         362         832        832
                             2,273       2,273       2,869      2,869
FINANCE                        145         145         171        171
    Total revenues           2,418       2,418       3,040      3,040
PROFIT
MANUFACTURING: (b) (c)
  Aircraft             $        79 $        79 $       107        107
  Fastening Systems              8          10          42         42
  Industrial Products           30          31          60         62
  Industrial Components         22          23          79         80
                               139         143         288        291
FINANCE (c)                     22          22          49         49
Segment profit                 161         165         337        340
Special charges  (d)           (10)          -         (42)         -
Goodwill amortization (c)        -           -         (24)       (24)
Corporate expenses and
  other, net                   (29)        (29)        (42)       (42)
Interest expense, net          (30)        (30)        (44)       (44)
Income before income
 taxes                          92         106         185        230
Income taxes                   (29)        (34)        (66)       (81)
Distribution on
  preferred securities
  of manufacturing
  subsidiary trust, net
  of income taxes               (6)         (6)         (6)        (6)
Net income             $        57 $        66 $       113 $       143
Diluted earnings per
 share                 $      0.40 $      0.47 $      0.79 $      1.00
  Average diluted
   shares outstanding  141,961,000 141,961,000 142,752,000 142,752,000
                                                           (Unaudited)
                             TEXTRON INC.
                REVENUES AND INCOME BY BUSINESS SEGMENT
                             FIRST QUARTER
                (In millions except per share amounts)
    (a) The "As Adjusted" column excludes costs related to
        restructuring recorded in segment profit and expenses recorded
        in special charges. A reconciliation of net income as reported
        under generally accepted accounting principles to net income
        "as adjusted" is as follows:
                                               First Quarter
                                             2002        2001
      Net income, as reported                $ 57        $113
      Adjustments:
        Costs related to restructuring
          included in segment profit            4           3
        Special charges:
          Restructuring                         8          29
          Fixed asset impairments               2          10
          E-business losses                     -           3
        Tax impact of excluded costs           (5)        (15)
      Net income, as adjusted                $ 66        $143
    (b) In January 2002, Textron reorganized to reflect the sale of
        the Automotive Trim business and now reports under the
        following new segments: Aircraft, Fastening Systems,
        Industrial Products, Industrial Components and Finance. Prior
        periods have been restated to reflect this change.
    (c) Pursuant to SFAS No. 142, beginning on December 30, 2001,
        goodwill is no longer amortized. To reflect the adoption of
        this statement and the fact that the Company does not include
        amortization of goodwill in its internal evaluation of segment
        performance, the Company has recast its segment data for
        comparability by reclassifying goodwill amortization from
        segment profit in prior periods.
    (d) Special charges include restructuring expenses and fixed asset
        impairment write-downs associated with reducing overhead and
        closing, consolidating and downsizing manufacturing
        facilities. In addition, special charges in 2001 included
        e-business investment losses.
                                                           (Unaudited)
                             TEXTRON INC.
                 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
                             (In millions)
                                         March 30,  December 29,
                                            2002       2001
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents                 $   343   $   241
Accounts receivable, net                    1,147     1,149
Inventories                                 1,836     1,727
Other current assets                          486       900
Net property                                1,991     2,044
Other assets                                3,544     3,527
Investment in Trim                             --        --
Textron Finance assets                      6,680     6,464
        Total Assets                      $16,027   $16,052
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current portion of long-term debt and
 short-term debt                          $   627   $   673
Other current liabilities                   2,237     2,402
Other liabilities                           1,810     1,842
Long-term debt                              1,280     1,261
Textron Finance liabilities                 5,680     5,427
        Total Liabilities                  11,634    11,605
Obligated mandatorily redeemable
 preferred securities                         512       513
Total Shareholders' Equity                  3,881     3,934
        Total Liabilities and
         Shareholders' Equity             $16,027   $16,052

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